2017 Chanukah Menorah Lighting Calendar

Tuesday Night, Dec. 12
Blessings 1, 2 & 3

Wednesday Night, Dec. 13

Blessings 1 & 2

Thursday Night, Dec. 14

Blessings 1 & 2

Friday Night, Dec. 15

Light your menorah before Shabbat
Blessings 1 & 2

Saturday Night, Dec. 16

Light your menorah after Shabbat ends and after Havdalah
Blessings 1 & 2

Sunday Night, Dec. 17

Blessings 1 & 2

Monday Night, Dec. 18

Blessings 1 & 2

Tuesday Night, Dec. 19
Blessings 1 & 2

Light up lingo!

Before you light the candles, make the appropriate blessings.

Before the first night of Chanukah (or the first time on Chanukah you perform this mitzvah), recite all three blessings. On all following nights, say only the first two:

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-tav Ve-tzi-va-nu Le-had-lik Ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-a-sa Ni-sim La-avo-te-nu Ba-ya-mim Ha-hem Bi-zman Ha-zeh.

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-heche-ya-nu Ve-ki-yi-ma-nu Ve-higi-a-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.


Light up when?

Right after nightfall, once it's dark outside (aside for Friday afternoon, when the candles are lit shortly before sunset).

Light up what?

The Menorah or holder used for lighting the lights should be attractive and clean. All 8 Chanukah lights need to be lined up on the same level, but the Shamesh candle must be separate!
The preferred way to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the Chanukah Menorah is to use pure olive oil and wicks of cotton, just like the Menorah in the Holy Temple. Nevertheless, other types of oils, wicks and candles may be used, as long as they give a steady light!

Light up where?

Some people put their Menorah in the doorway opposite the Mezuzah, while others place it near the window. We do this to spread the Chanukah light! In these places, people are sure to see your Menorah, and remember the great miracles that G‑d performed.

Light up how?

We place candles in the Menorah from right to left, but we light the candles from left to right.
On the first night we light one candle on the right side. On the second night we light the new, candle first, starting from the left and moving to the right. We continue this way every night of Chanukah, adding a candle each night (see diagram on opposite page).

Follow the Leader!

The Chanukah candles cannot be used to light each other, which is why we use the Shamesh Candle to light the Menorah. It's not one of the 8 Chanukah candles, so we set it in a place above the rest. The Shamesh can be made out of sweet-smelling beeswax. The lights of the Chanukah candles are special - only for looking at, not for using. It is good for the eyes - and the soul!

Light up how long?

The Chanuka candles are supposed to burn for at least a half hour. On Friday though, we have to light them before it gets dark and Shabbat comes in. We generally use more oil, or bigger candles on Friday, so that the candles will stay burning, well into Shabbat!

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Anonymous December 17, 2015

Celebrating Chanukah (Hanukkah) I have never officially celebrated like this; I didn't know how. However, I have been repented for 6 years now and wanted to learn what exactly I needed to do in honor of God. There are scriptural references in the Bible of celebrating the feast but there are no details like this. Can you provide any scriptural references pertaining to keeping the feast? Reply

Molly TX December 7, 2015

Blessings Translation B"H
Hello, can someone post the blessings in English please? I can't meditate on the meanings of the words in the blessing without it :)
Thank you very much! Reply

baruch March 24, 2014

its tooooooo long Reply

Agustin Miami December 2, 2013

Hanukkah Appreciate the information provided!

Regarding electrical Menorahs, can the lights stay lit over a prolong period of time? And if so, what is considered acceptable and not acceptable.

Many thanks and the all the best to everyone! Reply

Tom San Diego November 29, 2013

I am Jewish brought up conservative , I am embarrassed I forgot how to light the menorah but googled it an it was very helpful left to right with the king Reply

Isaiah Florida November 3, 2013

difference Why is is called a menorah here and not a chanukiah? anyone know? Thanks! Reply

Chabad.org Staff via mychabad.org October 4, 2013

to Jackie We light the candles each night again, they don't need to last for eight days. The candles or oil should be enough to burn at least half an hour after nightfall. For further details please see Lighting the Menorah. Reply

Jackie Portland September 25, 2013

Candles, or oil, that will last all of the nights? I am trying to create a menorah for my mother and am confused how I can find candles that would last for all of the nights (and especially if she wants to light them for more than 1/2 an hour or so). I believe I did read that the lighting is not intended for "function" as much as ceremony... I see the beautiful thin, multicolored candles but burn time is only good for 4 hours or so. I understand that you want the oil or candles to last all of the nights but I am finding many candles only last 4-5 hours. Can you clarify whether I am asking too much of my menorah design (and the candles being used) or not? Reply

Anonymous FLA December 7, 2012

I enjoy all Jewish holidays I never been so close to G-D than before, chabad.org is so instructive keep up the good work any question about the Jewish faith , traditions Jewish holidays and what to do specifically on those special days, I found my answers THANK YOU SO MUCH ! Reply

Michael Gomes Toronto, Canada December 20, 2011

Chanukah ceremonial lighting.... Thank you so much for the easy to follow and beautiful layout. My girlfriend is recently deceased and I wanted to celebrate Chanukah for her. She was Jewish and lit the candles every year. You made it very easy to follow through with my promise to her. thank you. Reply

Leah NewYork, Florida December 7, 2011

Hanukkah Hello, i am not Jewish, however i think that the Jewish religion is a really nice and sensible religion. I infact obtain no religion but i respect every faith with my heart.

:) Reply

Amber Fisher Saint Petersburg, Fl/USA via chabadsp.com December 14, 2009

Chanukah This site has been very informative and I like how you made it so easy for a person that is not Jewish. I will explaining Chanukah and other holidays to a group of cub scouts on Thursday and playing the dreidel game. Once again thank you so much for the information. Happy Chanukah! Reply

Sally Eureka, CA/USA December 8, 2009

Chanukah Thankyou so much for the very simple instructions. My adult children and step-children have always celebrated the holidays with me. I'm saving these for the next generation and my 13 yo. Reply

sarale ceitlin via camplubavitch.ca December 29, 2008

Chanuka is the more inportant way. i think. i am only 9 years old so im just guessing.i also really like this website. i go on it becausei go to this camp every summer. i was born jewish,so i know mostly everything. Reply

Scott Elam Moore, Oklahoma May 31, 2008

Chanukah, 2009 Thank you so much for this easy to follwow instruction. My Grandfather was a conservative Jewish imigrant. When I was a child he always lit the Chanukah menora when we were at his house for the holidays. And his wife. my Grandmother, never converted to Judaism. My Dad married Jewish and converted or visa versa.....anyway I wasn't raised so much in a devout manner.
We went to shul on all the holidays but I never really learned that much except to identify as a Jew. I will memorize the blessings and light the menorah in my home for the first time in 2009. Toda raba for the info....Kol tuv Reply

Anonymous Pacific, WA December 3, 2007

My First Hanukkah I really appreciate this website. This is my first Hanukkah that I have been able to openly admit that I am Jewish. My grandparents were in the Underground Jewish Railroad and because of this, we were never able to be Jewish openly. It took 120 years before the truth was revealed to our 200 Jewish relatives living in America. Reply

Carole Gerrity Syosset, NY December 2, 2007

I am a professor emeritus at a Catholic College, but my students, all future teachers, are of many faiths and none. For the last thirty-nine years I have taught about Hanukkah, primarily because I believe that ignorance is the major cause of intolerance among otherwise good people. Now I find your site!! What a hanukkah gift!! I will post it tomorrow for the hundreds of students in our program. They will be enriched by it. Thank you. Reply

Shelley Fredman Dublin, Ireland November 15, 2007

THANK YOU! We have recently moved to Dublin Ireland from Sydney Australia and approaching our first Chanukah away from home. The family will all be together, in the fabulous Sydney summer while we freeze! We were a bitr nervous doing our 'own' Chanukah as we usually just turn up to a cousins house and 'do what everyone else does'. Most of our new friends are not Jewish (in Ireland?!) but have graciously said they would love to help us celebrate and share in our holiday so we don't feel so far away from home. How kind is that? This website has enabled us to feel confident that we can host our very own Chanukah celebrations and share the magic with our non Jewish friends. THANK YOU! Reply

Mikey Beaverton, OR via cgiportland.com December 22, 2006

Chanukah Thank you very much. This site helped me very much to learn about the culture of my Jewish freinds. Reply

Anonymous beaverton, or via cgiportland.com December 22, 2006

hanuka or Chanuka How do you spell the most important holiday? Hanuka or Chanuka? Reply